Monday, October 6, 2014


A few people have asked me about travelling solo, specifically in Amsterdam. I did not go to Amsterdam solo and I actually haven't traveled anywhere solo, but I would imagine Amsterdam would be a great place to do so. 
It's safe. It's clean, and it's small. But there are lots of canals that look like this and it might get confusing to navigate. Haha. That's when having WIFI would come in handy, and if not, most people speak perfect English. 
Everyone...EVERYONE rides bikes here. We have parking lots and garages for cars. They have parking lots and garages for bikes. I tried to rent a bike the moment I got there and the man at the shop said "you are going to kill yourself" as he saw me practicing and wouldn't rent me the bike :-/ So make sure you practice before you go if you are not a regular rider. It's not like riding around a park or a neighborhood. This is how people get around in this town.
 Rosé beer?! O boy this was delicious. Beer drinker or not, if you see it on the menu, get it! And also regardless of how you feel about beer, take the HEINEKEN TOUR. I didn't get to do it because of that whole 24 HOUR thing, but people rave about it. 
If you need something to coat your stomach before or after beer, try a sandwich out of the FEBO vending machine. Apparently it's the thing to do.
Besides Heineken, beer and Febo, Amsterdam is known for its coffee shops, where you have to be 18+ to enter and no one is actually buying or drinking coffee ;)  
The floating flower market was at the top of my list of things to do here. It was a great, BUT it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I was expecting something similar to the markets in Thailand where you ride on boats, but it was little shops selling beautiful and unique flowers and souvenirs and the shops happen to sit on the water. 
And last but not least, do you know what this is? It's a pancake. Yes, a pancake...with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and two scoops of ice cream. If nothing else in this post motivated you to go to Amsterdam, do it for the pancakes. 

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  1. I loved Amsterdam while I was there. I tried to rent a bike as well and was denied because I'm an amateur. lol Your photo diary looks pretty similar to my experience. :)


  2. Oh my goodness(!) I have just visited Amsterdam!! Everything is so beautiful and magnificent. Thank you for taking me on this journey through this exciting posting!

  3. Jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. That pancake looks yummy, I need to add it to my places to visit. Beautiful pics too!

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  6. This post was useful as I am going to be in Amsterdam for 2 days in December!

  7. Such a great photo diary... I LOVED Amsterdam when I was there many years ago, it will definitely be on our must see when I finally get my boyfriend to Europe ;)

  8. Beautiful pictures.
    That pancake looks so yammyyyy!!!

  9. Such a classic city and the architecture is incredible! I would love to visit one day.

  10. How did I know I would see food in this post!! :) Thx for sharing luv!!

  11. My eyes are stuck on that last pic. Those pancakes look divine! Thanks for sharing!



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